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Old 07-26-2006, 02:22 AM   #1
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Instant Coffee for guests?

Is serving instant coffee to guests an absolute no-no? You know, where the guest makes his own coffee by spooning instant ground coffee/sugar into his cup and adding hot water... We're not coffee drinkers so I've long put off buying a decent coffee maker/brewer. I'd like to know what you think. Thanks!

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I'm sorry... but I'd never serve my guest instant coffee.
I won't even drink it unless it's a complete horrid emergancy.
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Old 07-26-2006, 02:48 AM   #3
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I've never had a cup of instant coffee that was good, so I would say serve something else. Perhaps tea, oj, tomato juice. Perhaps buy several cups of real coffee at a local place and put it in a thermos.
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Do you serve instant tea to your guests, and expect them to make it themselves?

When I was living in a dorm at college we couldn't have ANY cooking devices in our room - so I drank copious amounts of instant coffee made with hot tap water. I'm still not sure if it was caffeine in the coffee or the horrible taste that helped me stay awake while studying.

Now, I must admit that I do keep a very small jar on hand ... I live in a place where storms knock my electricity out a couple of times a year ... so I have to rely on "dorm room" coffee a couple of times a year.

As for serving it to guests ... I wouldn't unless they had really insulted me in some way and I wanted to return the insult.
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Old 07-26-2006, 03:09 AM   #5
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I'm sorry... but I'd never serve my guest instant coffee.
I won't even drink it unless it's a complete horrid emergancy.
i'm just curious, what kind of horrid event would cause you to drink instant coffee?

(i'm thinking paul quits his job to become a vegas showgirl...)
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Old 07-26-2006, 03:15 AM   #6
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Come to think of it, I haven't seen an instant coffee commercial in years. I hadn't even thought about it until I was looking for espresso powder and saw some in the grocery store. Just who does drink it?
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Old 07-26-2006, 03:19 AM   #7
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Just who does drink it?
Roommates that are too lazy to make a pot of the good stuff. I only keep it around for baking purposes.
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Old 07-26-2006, 07:44 AM   #8
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My question must have sounded really stupid huh? If you come from Asia, it won't have sounded as stupid since Asians generally don't mind getting served instant coffee/tea. However, in this day and age of designer coffees and teas, I guess people's tastes and sensibilities are improving ... and if I want to be a good host, I should invest in some nice gizmos... I'm glad to have heard it from you guys
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I would never expect a host to go out and buy a coffee maker just because I was visiting. That being said though, coffee drinkers NEED their coffee in the morning so make sure there is some way to get it. Maybe you could go out for breakfast to somewhere that serves coffee. if there is no place like that them instant would be better than nothing.
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i'm just curious, what kind of horrid event would cause you to drink instant coffee?

(i'm thinking paul quits his job to become a vegas showgirl...)



I'd take a No Doze before I'd drink instant coffee.

Chopstix, I'd suggest tea or, if you feel that you must serve coffee, a cheap coffeemaker and some real ground coffee.
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